Say What You Think
Language study can be divided into four parts: reading, speaking, listening, and writing. Where reasonable, we try to make use of and develop all four of these skills. This book focuses on critical thinking, judgment ability, and logic. These are key skills for students to use when studying English and more generally throughout their lives.
I originally wrote this short textbook for a twelfth grade elective English class in Japan. The class met fifty minutes a week for approximately thirty-two weeks. Several years later, I changed it to be used twice a week over four months for students returning to Japan after studying abroad for a year.
The first version of this book was finished in early 2014. It has since been updated many times. I’ve received help from many people: Marjorie Carlson, Adam Pearson, Meghan Sahara, Danielle Tsumita, Ann Powell, James Copulos, and my former students.
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